Fatal Hit and Run Investigation Leads to Arrest of Gretna Woman

Published 6:59 am Monday, February 13, 2023

Jefferson – On February 11, 2023, around 7:30 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US 90 (Jefferson Highway) near Shrewsbury Road in Jefferson. This crash ultimately claimed the life of 55-year-old Christiene Rome of Jefferson.

The initial investigation revealed that an unknown SUV was traveling west on US 90 near Shrewsbury Road. At the same time, Rome was walking across the westbound lanes of US 90. Rome was struck by the SUV, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV did not stop and continued west on US 90.

Through the use of investigative resources, Troopers were able to identify the SUV involved in the crash as a 2020 GMC Yukon Denali. Further investigation revealed that 37-year-old Brittany Jackson of Gretna was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident. As a result of the investigation, Jackson was arrested for Hit and Run Involving a Fatality and was subsequently booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to stay alert while on local roads and pay close attention to their environment. By following some simple safety tips, pedestrian-related crashes can often be prevented. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should never walk on the road in dimly lit areas. Additionally, pedestrians should always assume that oncoming drivers cannot see them, especially in the evening. To further ensure safety, pedestrians should only cross roads in well-lit, designated areas and always face the traffic while walking.